"My Own Private Idaho"
My Own Private Idaho (1991) is a Gus Van Sant retelling of Shakespeare's Henry IV. As such, it takes much from Orson Well's Fallstaff. It is also a buddy/road movie, where one character finds redemption, and the other doesn't. River Phoenix is a narcoleptic male hooker, and Keanu Reeves is his best friend, and son of the wealthy mayor, due to inherit money and power, but currently also a street hustler. Their "Fallstaff" is an older street hustler named Bob, who is sort of the father figure of the miscreants.
Phoenix and Reeves go on a road trip to find the mother that abandoned Phoenix and go all the way to Italy following her trail, but never find her. In Italy, Reeves falls for Chiara Caselli, and brings her back to Portland, Oregon, where he receives his inheritance, and becomes completely establishment. Bob, heartbroken that the Reeves character more or less disowns him, dies, as does Reeves' real father. This is the sort of film that film historians love to analyze, and it is just strange enough that anything they say about it seems plausible. For that reason, the Criterion Collection DVD set includes an entire second DVD basically of analysis audio tracks, and a few deleted scenes. I didn't listen to most of it. The film is visually striking, and is a frank portrayal of street hustling, but is packed with as much visual symbolism as the 102 minutes could possibly hold. It is also well acted.
Chiara Caselli shows breasts and buns in a short sex scene presented as a series of stills. There were lots of male buns in the film. IMDb readers have this at 6.7, and Phoenix won several festival awards with his performance. It earned $6.4M against a $2.54M budget. This isn't just an art film, it is one of the artiest films of all time. The dialogue switches between Shakespeare-like prose and street talk, and the visuals waffle between stark reality and nearly surreal imagery. If the material appeals to you, Criterian did a very nice job on the DVD set. This is a C+, but for a limited audience.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
- Charlie's French Cinema Nudity site is updated. This week's
update is small, but I think I can sum up succinctly why you
shoudk check it out: Mathilda May topless in a 2005 TV show.
Mathilda's face is not as beautiful as it was in The Jackal, but
those award-winning boobs still look impressive!
Remedy is a New York crime-and-drugs film with an unexpected twist
ending. It seems that a junkie witnessed his best friend's
murder. Or not. He was so wacked out that he doesn't remember what
he saw. The police are understandably upset with this explanation,
and consider him the #1 suspect. What did happen that night, and why?
That's the premise, and it is carried out with an extremely low budget ($175,000). It was
basically assembled as a community project by three young,
performers: Jon Dosher, Christian Maelen, and Nicholas Reiner.
Reiner wrote the screenplay and played a small but important part.
Maelen was the star as well as the director. Dosher produced the film
and also played the second lead.
In order to add a veneer of cinema respectability,
the three unknowns hired some familiar New York crime story actors
to fill out the cast. Arthur Nascarella, the former NYPD cop who often plays
tough guys or tough New York cops (as
he does here). There's also the guy who played Billy Batts in
Goodfellas, and the guy who played Big Pussy in The Sopranos. Big
Pussy has a small role, and that's a shame, because he was excellent
and convincing in each of his scenes, even though he was playing a
bit against type.
The ensemble is rounded out with some novelty
casting: Danny Aiello sings part of the sound track; Danny's son
plays a medium sized role; former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has a
few lines as a world-weary drug dealer; and a few pretty girls show
up to do lesbian scenes (dual redhead action!) or just remove their
clothing. The one important female role is played competently by a
newcomer named Candice Coke, and she manages to remove her clothing as well.
Overall, the main thrust of the film isn't bad, and it might have
been an entertaining little guilty pleasure film if some more
experienced people had their hands on the controls.
Unfortunately, the low budget and the inexperience of the principals
really show through. The entire film has a claustrophobic indoor
feel to it, and there are some scenes which are just plain clumsy at best.
Dosher is a pretty solid actor, but he has a couple of the strangest
(1) He throws an athletic bag at a cop, then escapes
from him by clumsily scaling a wall in Central Park. Besides looking
ridiculous, that scene is so wrong in so many ways. First of all,
he's right on the doorstep of his apartment when he runs. It's not
like he's going to get away somehow, since the cop obviously knows
where he lives, and we find out in another scene that the cop also
knows where he works. So why did he run at all? Second, the
scene isn't necessary or even directly related to the main plot.
Third, he had no reason to run away in the first place, because we
later find out he wasn't the murderer. So what the hell was that
whole scene about?
(2) He is a dentist. An ugly old lady patient wants
his man-meat, and threatens him when he won't deliver the special
injection. He is refusing again when the police come to his office
about the murder investigation. Seeing the police, she accuses him
of sexual misconduct. The police immediately forget that whole silly
murder thing and take him downtown for the obviously silly sexual
assault. (They could see nobody in his right mind would assault this
woman.) Stranger still is the fact that this entire plot thread is
then dropped completely, and we never hear from the old lady again.
In addition to the dental patient, there are some
other plot threads and concepts introduced but never developed. The
leading character appears as a young boy in bizarre flashbacks to
the death of his mother and father, all of which are seen in
snippets of memory, none of which are ever explained. I'm still not
sure what was going on in those flashbacks, although I know they end
with the father's suicide.
There is some crazy dialogue as well. The Maelen
character is a junkie/artist who hasn't worked (or bathed) in many months.
He seems to be about as
big a loser as it is possible to be. At one point, he goes to his rich uncle to
get a share of his family inheritance, at which time Uncle Charles
says, "your parents would be so proud of you." And ol'
Uncle Charles knows about his nephews lifestyle. Yeah, I'm sure the
be thrilled to see the kid shooting dad's hard-earned fortune into
This may have been an attempt at humor, since some sources,
including the official site, call it
a "darkly comic tale."
Oh, well. It is a movie made by inexperienced people with no money.
Those things sometimes work out (Reservoir Dogs, e.g.), but not
often. What else is
there to say? Despite that, it might have worked had it stuck
close to the knitting, because the basic plot - the junkie trying to
remember what happened during the murder - was solid, and had an
interesting resolution. Unfortunately, it did not adhere closely to that
framework, and the digressions were generally sloppy and
- Candice Coke (1,
- Krie Alden (1,
Ripper 2: Letters From Within (2003):
There are really only two things you need to know
about Ripper 2:
(1) It is a sequel to
a movie which was confusing and
totally unrewarding to begin with.
(2) The sequel was directed by Lloyd Simandl, the
Prague-based master of cheapozoid Czechsploitation.
Here's a quick look at some of Lloyd's career:
- (4.47) -
Crackerjack 3 (2000)
- (4.28) -
Heaven's Tears (1994)
- (3.99) -
Dark Confessions (1998)
- (3.91) -
Autumn Born (1979)
- (3.76) -
Escape Velocity (1998)
- (3.72) -
Lethal Target (1999)
- (3.60) -
Dangerous Prey (1995)
- (3.43) -
Empire of Ash II (1988)
- (3.43) -
Ripper 2: Letter from Within (2003)
- (3.16) -
Ultimate Desires (1992)
- (3.07) -
Chained Heat II (1993)
- (2.72) -
Last Stand (2000)
- (2.70) -
Fatal Conflict (2000)
A quarter of a century of filmmaking and his career
highlight is Crackerjack 3! You just know that mommy and daddy
Simandl must be proud of their little rascal.
My concluding comment on the first Ripper film was, "So if you figure this out, you can
explain it to me." Well sir, the first film was a masterpiece of
clarity, as straightforward and lucid as The Sound of Music,
compared to this version.
Just about all we know for sure is that the lead
character from the first film, Molly, is in an asylum for the
mentally ill. Nothing else is certain. She imagines things. She
imagines things about imagining things. She imagines things about
imagining things about virtual reality. In that virtual reality
there are other people creating a virtual reality with her. Or maybe
she just imagined them. In one level of the fantasy, she can get to
computers which control what is happening on another level. Or maybe
she is just imagining that as well. I got completely lost about what
was real and what was imagined, and completely confused by how many
levels each scene was removed from reality. She could wake up from a
dream only to find out later that she was only dreaming about waking
up from a dream. I think some scenes were nested as many as four
levels inside other levels, making the entire film like one of those
Russian puzzle boxes.
Lloyd Simandl's current specialty is soft core sex films. This is
not one of those, but it includes elements of that genre, like long
and irrelevant scenes of gratuitous sexual acts between random
strangers in a Czech sex club. I suppose you may consider than a
plus or a minus. I vote minus.
Apart from some impressive photographs of old castles and Prague
street scenes, I can't think of any genuine positives in this film. It is
freakishly incoherent. It isn't very scary, or even especially gory.
The very end of the film is one of the oldest clichés in the book.
The DVD is void of features, and overpriced. There just isn't much
good to say. Essentially, this movie bites the big one.
Myfanwy Waring (1,
some Czech Czichs (1,
Play the nostalgic Dark Tower game online! The kids and
I loved this game!
Here's the trailer for Wedding Crashers (Owen Wilson
and Vince Vaughn)
The first three minutes of Jet Li's Unleashed.
What the hell is the Spanish Prime Minister doing to the Colombian
ambassador in this photo?
A Scots artist plans to create a sculpture of a nude woman with
100ft breasts. Or maybe he'll just have Lisa Marie
stand on a moor.
Spielberg worked on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Glen Morgan (creator of one of our cult favorites, Final
Destination) will write and direct a remake 1974's Black
Koppel to leave ABC News adfter 25 years on Nightline, and 42
years with the network. His next project: Ted Koppel's
Retro Disco Inferno for VH1. "Get up and boogie! (That's right!)"
The Fifty Most Loathsome New Yorkers. Ya really gotta ♡
NY if Donald Trump does not make the "50 most loathsome" list!
BORDER CONTROL JOBS OUTSOURCED TO MEXICO. Possible
Setback for Homeland Security, Critics Say
Spears Lashes Out at Tabloids Over Pregnancy Rumors.
Tellingly, she never denied them!
Michael Jackson wins 'Most Foolish American' title for third
Pope JP II is given last rites. They really need give
that sacrament a new nickname. (Its formal name is Extreme
Unction, which sounds like an MTV show that sucks up to
celebrities. "Many shows are unctuous, but only Carson Daly's
Extreme Unction is extremely unctuous. It's totally rad, dudes!")
But that confusing term still beats the hell out of "Last" Rites,
which sounds as foreboding as when the airlines tell you that New
York is your "final destination." The administration of the
sacrament does not (necessarily) mean he is dying, and it does not
mean there will be no funeral rites. Often, there are many more
rites after last rites. In the case of a dying pope, the rites are
Gasoline costs $2.75 in Iraq - to fill a 22 gallon tank
with high test at the full-service pumps! How can it be so cheap?
Thank the American taxpayers, who are paying $1.50 per gallon to
buy it from Kuwait so it can be given away in Iraq! (Iraq has vast
fuel reserves, but miniscule refining capacity.)
Weekly World News: "GIRL SUES PARENTS BECAUSE SHE'S UGLY"
MrTwig's site has the new SouthPark episode. This is
basically Trey and Matt's take on the Terri Schiavo controversy.
- Well, baseball's annual most important question has already
Juan Gon beats Griffey to the DL! Many people are
saying that Griffey cheated, because he does not play on rainy
days, but I figure a win is a win.
Lara Croft gets breast reduction surgery.
The Braveheart Sword wielded by William Wallace leaves Scotland
for the first time in more than 700 years.
Fifteen great scenes in bad movies.
Hanoi Jane Fonda now says she betrayed American troops in 1972,
when she visited an anti-aircraft gun site in North Vietnam.
Just in case you're thinking about forgiving her, the actress said
she does not regret making broadcasts on Radio Hanoi.
Surreal life adds Balki to Canseco/Omarosa lineup! (I
think adding both Balki and "Kozeen Larry" would have been even
Prince Albert Assumes Monaco Royal Powers. The new
ruler of Monaco assured continuity in the royal line, with the
exception that he will eschew the palace and live in a can.
Comedian Mitch Hedberg, dead at 37. You can find a good
bio and some brief clips on
his page at Comedy Central.
Terri Schiavo dies, aged 41
- Tired of waiting so long for those burgers? Try
"lighting the grill with 3 gallons of liquid oxygen"
- Roger Ebert on Sin City (★★★★):
"The new movie by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller plays like a
convention at the movie museum in Quentin Tarantino's
The story of the exploding whale. Not an urban legend.
The sea was angry that day, my friends.
Here is the video.
- Speaking of an angry sea, I thought I would share some of my
parenting tricks with you. My daughter came to me and asked if
there was any "short cut" that can be used to help determine
"right" and "wrong" behavior. Now I suppose most of you would
have pointed her to The Golden Rule, which would have been the
perfect answer, since it is both benign and exactly what she was
looking for. But I pointed her to my own personal code of
ethics, which is based on "WWGD?" Any ethical dilemma can be
easily resolved by asking "What would George Costanza do in this
Ellen Barkin sounds off on plastic surgery and nude scenes
Ashton buys Demi a bracelet worth more than a quarter million
World's oldest monkey dies at 53. A black spider monkey
believed to be the world's oldest monkey has died in Japan, with a
late-life love affair with a younger monkey seen as a clue to her
longevity. Hey, it always worked for Cher.
Charlotte Church embarrassed over boob pic from boyfriend's phone
The State of Washington finally cracks down on Spam!
Federline goes nuts in Vegas while Britney knits baby booties at
Uranus is 'responsible' for sea quakes, so stop
flushing so god-damned much.
Status-Conscious Monkeys Shed Light on Human Celeb/Sex Obsessions.
Monkeys will "pay" their favorite drink treats to see pictures of
monkey butts or to buy pictures of celebs. Except of course for
Woman Sells Her Name on EBay for $15K. Can you guess
the buyer? Goldenpalace.com
Spring break gone wild. "In this digital age,
everyone's a potential amateur pornographer poised to turn a few
seconds of immaturity into a lifetime of Web-based infamy."
The Cannibal Flesh Donor Program
BigHoaxes.com - Hoaxes, Scams, & Urban Myths
- "Have you ever been duped?
Of course, we all have! This site contains every single hoax
ever created. Find all the hoaxes you or someone else has fallen
- Well, I don't know about such a sweeping claim, but it's
some good reading.
Court TV Restructures for Young Viewers. Music videos
about crime scenes! In-depth coverage of Spring Break crimes!
Hilarity ensues when Ashton Kutcher poses as a judge and sentences
Hillary Swank to death for her orange-smuggling! Crime scene
analysis by the beautiful Jessica Alba! Court TV is where it's
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are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
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- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
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there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
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- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
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This week's poll (Best Sex Scene in a Mainstream Movie ) was a close race but we do have a winner!
I'll have the offical results and write up in a day or two.
Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Best All Time Television Comedy
Best Nudity in an Oscar-winning performance.
Email Scoopy Jr. with more nominees, comments or suggestions.
'Caps and comments by Spaz:
"Men With Brooms" (2002)
A Canadian comedy about curling. This movie had one mission and one mission only: to make more money and show more beaver than Porky's Men With Brooms was a modest hit domestically but didn't get released theatrically in the USA where the real non-Canadian Tire money is. But it did show alot of beaver.
- Polly Shannon: skimpy underwear. If those center circle
targets where moved up and down a few more inches the movie
would have made another hundred million dollars at the box office.
- Molly Parker: shirtless.
- Jane Spidell: partial butt having sex.
- Kari Matchett: fully clothed sex.
- Michelle Nolden: ewww! Getting felt up by Paul Gross.
- Danielle Hampton: nice sweater shot as uncredited spectator.
- obligatory beaver shot: there is enough beaver pelt in
this movie to make a rug. Unfortunately none of the above actresses participated.
First up, scenes from the French-Canadian flick "Riders" aka "Steal", starring Stephen Dorff and Natasha Henstridge.
Next...here is Here is an unknown babe in scenes from "Ripper 2: Letter from Within" (2003). Produced and co-directed by our Czechsploitation hero, Lloyd A. Simandl.
Next up, scenes from Fred Olen Ray's "The Bikini Escort Company" (2004).
- Here we have former NFL cheerleader Beverly Lynne and porn babe Cailey Taylor having some lesbo and 3-way fun.
- Porn babe Stacy Burke showing off all 3 B's (including some really fake boobs).
- Stacy Burke and Anastasia Pierce...more lesbotronic lovin'.
||Alba looking gorgeous on Conan. No nudity, but it is Alba. Don't forget gang, "Sin City" opens in theaters today!
|From last week's episode of "Desperate Housewives"...Eva looked awesome in a bikini, Nicolette stuffed herself into some skin tight clothes and Sharon showed some upskirt undies views.
||The sexy Vulcan wearing semi-revealing pajamas in scenes from last week's re-run of "Enterprise". Unless the Trekkies and Trekkers out there can reverse the cancellation, the final 6 episodes of "Enterprise" begin airing April 15th.
||Here is Paris showing the press that she wears dental floss for undies. In her words..."Camel toe, that's hot."
|Flautista 'caps of the B-actress topless and in her undies in scenes from her first movie "Witchboard III: The Possession".
Julian Wells (as Suzy McCoppin)
|Señor Skin 'caps from the made for HBO movie "Undefeated" (2003). Starring, co-written and directed by John Leguizamo. Not a bad boxing movie, but no new ground is covered either. Both actresses go topless and show some rear nudity.
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
PRINCESS LEIA TO SPILL THE BEANS
"A Long Time Ago..." - Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher says now that the
"Star Wars" movies are ending, she's signed a deal to write a tell-all
book. She kept detailed diaries of her on-set experiences and promises "it
will be riveting." A sample: they made her promise to drop 10 pounds and
she "failed miserably." So when they asked how she liked her horrible
coiffure, which she called "hairy donuts," she told them she loved it "to
distract them from the fact that I was a bit fat."
So fat, donuts were sprouting from her head!
Ironically, that hairdo made her face look 10 pounds heavier.
She's right: I'm riveted.
BARBIE TEACHES HISTORY
Ancient History - Mattel and Golden Books are teaming up to teach kids
about history with a book series called "Barbie Diary of the Decade." Each
book will resemble a diary written by Barbie in a particular year. The
first two will be 1964, in which Barbie writes about seeing the Beatles on
Ed Sullivan's show and learning about civil rights from her
African-American friend, Christie; and 1976, in which Disco Barbie plans a
dance and describes her trip to Philadelphia for the Bicentennial, where
she sees Rocky on the museum steps.
And Rocky takes her to Studio 54, where she meets Forrest Gump.
'76 was also the year Disco Barbie discovered that Disco Ken was gay.
By '76, Barbie had taken too many drugs to remember the '60s.
It's the first history book in which all the "i's" are dotted with
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